1953 Complete Coronation Stamp Collection
106 stamps from 68 nations in ONE complete QEII Collection...
Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953 resulted in an incredible logistical exercise of coordinating the issue of Coronation Stamps from the Commonwealth and Crown Colonies throughout the world.
No computers. No faxes. Many of the territories only accessible by ship. Yet every territory’s post office needed to be communicated with and final stamps shipping to them all in time for Coronation Day.
106 stamps from 68 nations
62 of the stamps within the collection – issued on behalf of the majority of countries that feature within it – were co-ordinated by the Crown Agents’ offices in London.
The single ‘key plate’ design, using Dorothy Wilding’s portrait of the Queen Elizabeth II as its centrepiece, was varied for each territory by the so-called ‘duty plate’ which added country name and denomination. 175 million stamps were printed and shipped around the world by Bradbury Wilkinson & Co and Messrs De La Rue.
Of the remaining countries, four – Bahrain, Eastern Arabia, Tangier and Kuwait – simply overprinted the British stamps, which are also included in the collection in their own right. Finally, 11 territories including New Zealand and Australia used their own Coronation designs.
Along with the coinage and banknote issues, they were some of the finest manifestations of Queen Elizabeth II - the new monarch. They were true representations of Majesty.
And today, over 60 years since they were first issued, you have the opportunity to own (in unused condition) the 106 stamps from 68 nations that make up the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Collection.
It is presented across 5 archive-quality display pages, with a title page and separate detailed Information Page and housed in a luxury Presentation Album.
It is increasingly difficult to bring all 106 stamps together in a single a collection, which means stocks of the The Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Collection are limited.
- 106 stamps issued in total on June 2, 1953
- Issued by 68 different countries
- Unused condition
- Presented with display pages, front cover and information page within a display album
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